Five Mistakes That Could Shorten The Lifespan Of Your Roof

A variety of factors determine the longevity of a roof including the climate it is used in and the material that it is constructed from. However, roof maintenance is also a highly significant factor in maximizing a roof's lifespan. It's also something that you need to keep up on if you want to make the most of your investment in a new roof.

The following are five mistakes you need to avoid that could shorten the lifespan of your roof if you're not careful:

Allowing vegetation and debris to accumulate on your roof

Vegetation and debris will accumulate on a roof over time. This is especially likely on a flat roof or a roof that is not very steeply sloped.

Vegetation or debris on a roof can hold moisture against a roof and lead to leaks or moisture damage. Also, soil and vegetation can allow plants to take root. If roots grow below, they can break into the material of a roof and cause damage. 

Leaving moss growth on a roof surface without occasionally clearing it away

Moss growth can be one of the most dangerous things when it comes to maintaining a roof. Moss on tiles or shingles will collect moisture just like vegetation does.

If moss growth is a significant problem on your roof, you may want to put zinc strips down. These are used to sterilize water on a roof to kill spores that allow moss to grow.

Letting branches grow over your roof and not cutting them down

Falling branches can cause significant roof damage. During storms, branches that hang over or near a roof's surface are likely to break off and strike the roof.

Trimming branches back so that they can't hit a roof is important in avoid impact damage. 

Never cleaning out gutters

Gutters need to be regularly cleaned out to prevent a wide variety of issues including rot and moisture damage. Clogged gutters can allow water to pool on the top of roofs and eventually seep into roof materials.

By regularly cleaning out gutters, you can ensure that water will flow down gutters and empty out downspouts rather than creating problems on the top of your roof. 

Only inspecting from a distance and not looking at things up close

While occasional inspection from the ground can be adequate to ensure a healthy roof on a daily or weekly basis, occasionally climbing up a ladder and getting a close view of the condition of a roof is important. 

If you're not comfortable inspecting your roof from a ladder, you can have a roofing contractor come and perform an inspection occasionally to make sure there are no moisture damage or structural issues developing. 

Contact a company like 5 Star Roofing for more information and assistance. 


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